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nominated by president obama to be our ambassador to iraq. and i think all of us on the committee are pleased the president has nominated somebody of high caliber, great experience, who is our defense server vanessa the deputy chief of mission in baghdad for the year and previously served as ambassador to jordan and executive assistant to secretary of state, colin powell and condoleezza rice. while america's war has ended in iraq, the struggle for iraq's future obviously has not ended. the violence is down, but al qaeda and iraq remains a very deadly foe and iraq may not capture the jays today headlined. then no one should make the mistake to somehow come to a conclusion that iraq doesn't present extraordinary challenges. this administration has worked tirelessly to ensure that it doesn't become a forgotten front. we put in place a road mac on a browser to have issues. political, economic, educational, scientific and military. our bilateral partnership has potential to contribute, we believe to the stability in the middle east. but iraqi leaders have to decide for themselves what
is for iraq. this is an issue, this is a problem, it is a threat that the israelis have been thinking about for a very long time. they has been a great deal of effort trying to figure out how to develop a military option to disarm iran, to destroy its nuclear program if they ever chose to do so. and they've been working very deciduous lead at the. but by the same token, you will have noticed that while this is been a topic of an active conversation, some sense is going all the way back to 1991 at the very least, since 2002, israel has not yet exercise that option. it has not done so for good reason. there are all kinds of good reasons not to strike and all kinds of bad reasons involved in a straight. and this is created a conundrum for israel and it has created a conundrum for israel's allies in the region and out. and it is why to this day as iran continues to move forward in defiance of united nations security council resolutions, israelis and their friends, first among them the united states of america, continues to debate whether rice course -- the right course of action is. today we're
i promised to end the war in iraq and we did. [cheers and applause] i said it's time for us to start winding down the war in afghanistan, and we are. we have got a new tower rising above the new york skyline even as al qaeda is on the path to defeat and osama bin laden is dead. [applause] but what happens this past week underscores that we still have threats in the world. we can't just pull that. we have to stay engaged and involved for our security. we have also got to remain vigilant. that is why as long as i'm commander-in-chief we will always have the strongest military the world has ever known. [applause] we will do what is required to keep our personal safe around the world and when our troops come home, when they take off their uniform, we will serve them as well as they have served us. because in america, no one should, no one who has fought for this country should have to fight for a job or a roof over their heads when they come home. [applause] but again here you have got a choice too because my opponent said it was tragic for me to end the war in iraq. he still won't tell
, we are out of iraq and the auto industry was saved. so we were able to turn around a ship that was going over the cliff. has the ship come back to doc? no, but it is headed away from the cliff, toward the dock. the question is -- the question is, have we become angry and disappointed that we are not at the beach at in our swim trunks sunbathing -- that we left the folks that were driving us over the cliff, get back to steer the ship or do we keep the people that took us back off the brink and trust that they are headed in the right direction? where we need to go? so i think that a lot of the measure of things, in my opinion, a lot of things include being caught up on history in 2008. the first president of color. it was historic. but when i look at it today, when we talk about things like the portal health care act or we have children with asthma and pre-existing conditions, where we are looking at jobs and we cannot get past it in this congress, where we are looking at voter rights under question, in my judgment it was historic and personable. they are trying to take from
strategic issues -- [inaudible] national interests like security and stability of afghanistan and iraq, combating al-qaeda terrorist networks and preventing drug trafficking. such a skillful approach would be only possible if and when tehran and washington can isolate internal and external spoilers. the framework on nuclear dilemma, on the nuclear issue iran and p5 plus 1 can agree on a face-saving solution where iran would adhere to all international nuclear conventions and treatyies at the maximum level of transparency defined by the iaea, international atomic energy agency, to insure the peaceful nature of iranian nuclear activities and also to insure international community that iranian nuclear program would remain forever not on the peaceful, iran would be committed forever to be a non-nuclear weapon state. in the war the u.s. would also agree to recognize the legitimate rights of iran under npt for enrichment and to lift the sanctions gradually. this framework can be realized in future nuclear talks through step-by-step plan based on npt, mutual confidence building and -- [inaudi
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